Data Entry Operator Salary

For Data Entry Operators, hourly average wages total $12.79 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Data Entry Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Data Entry Operators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$22,084 - $84,563
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MEDIAN: $34,543
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$9.71 - $17.16
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MEDIAN: $12.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$22,084 - $84,563  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $5,333  
Profit Sharing
$2,253  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,639 - $43,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $17.16  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $26.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$99.67 - $5,333  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,253  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,639 - $43,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 284

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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.
  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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While not commonly seen, Data Entry Operators who transition into an Office Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Office Managers is $39K per year. However, it's more common for Data Entry Operators to move into roles as Data Entry Specialists or Administrative Assistants.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Operator


Survey results suggest that Data Entry Operators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Customer Service, Microsoft Excel, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $27K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $28K on average. Data Entry Operators bring in $29K after working for 10 to 20 years. Data Entry Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,032

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Data Entry Operators in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Data Entry Operators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+20 percent) and Houston (+12 percent). Data Entry Operators in El Paso report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 42 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Miami and Birmingham also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent less).

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Key Stats for Data Entry Operator

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

▼0%

National Average
$28,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Data Analysis
▲11%


Typing
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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